By Monique Kuzeff
Over 60 firefighters attended a scene at the Albury Waste Management Centre on Saturday after landfill caused a blaze.
Firefighters from Albury Civic Fire Brigade, NSW Rural Fire Service and CFA were called out at around 3:45pm with some 18 appliances involved including a water-bombing aircraft to help get the fire under control.
Several hours and some 1.1 million litres of water were used to extinguish the fire which burnt three hectares of land.
The fire has not been treated as suspicious but as a natural combustion, NSW RFS district officer John Osmond told News Weekly.
“We believe it to be of a natural cause, and tips have a way of catching fire by themselves just like hay bales,” Mr Osmond said.
“We don’t believe it to be suspicious.”
Mr Osmond said that while the tip fire caused some heavy smoke to drift across the vicinity, it could’ve been a lot heavier if the winds were stronger.
“Fire could’ve spread to the hill as it was pretty close to grassland so a potential breakout was a big concern,” he said.
“But if there would’ve been heavier winds, there would’ve been smoke impacting the town much worse than what it did.”
Mr Osmond congratulated and thanked the many volunteers who helped to tackle the blaze over the weekend.
“The volunteers, who were not only from the local brigade but further afield in the surrounding district, did a fantastic job in assisting with the fire.
“They put in a lot of hours over the weekend and we are very appreciative of that.”